No 'conclusive evidence' Burrows bit Bergeron

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No 'conclusive evidence' Burrows bit Bergeron

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

VANCOUVER There will be no supplemental discipline handed down by the National Hockey League on Alex Burrows as a result of the bite on Patrice Bergerons right index finger at the end of the first period in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Rogers Arena.Burrows and Bergeron got tangled in an extended scrap behind the Vancouver net at the end of the first period and video replays showed the Canucks' scrapper biting down on one of the Boston centers gloved fingers as the linesman attempted to separate the two combatants.The bite enraged Bergeron and resulted in a double-minor for roughing handed to Burrows. Bergeron also earned a single roughing call for the entanglement at the end of the period. The Bs center said that the finger had to be disinfected after the period and hed be taking antibiotics as a result of the bite, and Bergeron was sporting a band aid due to what coach Claude Julien called a classless act".Despite all that, Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy announced there would be no supplemental discipline for Burrows above and beyond the power play handed to the Bruins in the second period.After reviewing the incident, including speaking with the on-ice officials, I can find no conclusive evidence that Alex Burrows intentionally bit the finger of Patrice Bergeron, said Murphy in a prepared statement from the NHL.There had been past history of player suspensions for biting incidents during the regular season, but just last year Marc Savard escaped suspension for a biting incident with Daniel Carcillo in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
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